When Michelin rolled out the #FirstCarMoment campaign, it immediately got me thinking about my first car, a 1993 Nissan Maxima SE. To my eyes, this car now looks boxy and ancient, but in the early 1990s this car was the four-door sports car (complete with 4DSC stickers on each rear window). In its day, the three-liter 190 HP engine was impressive and could propel the car to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds. That was fast enough to beat most of the cars in my small town off of the line with ease.
My Maxima had leather interior, white-faced gauges, heated seats, three transmission modes (sport, standard and comfort) and even a rear spoiler. I admit the spoiler now seems ridiculous! Also, I sure don't miss the "motor mouse" automatic seat belts, but some features are still popular today with many sport sedans of recent production.
When refreshing my memory on the specs of this car on the Internet, I found many people still raving about the Maxima SE. I even saw quite a few that are still daily driven vehicles of over 20 years and have well over 200,000 miles on the car and still going strong. Take a look at a few of the comments I came across in regards to the 1993 Nissan Maxima SE:
- "The best car I ever had!"
- "Good, reliable, fun and stylish!"
- "Best car, by far!"
It was great to read these comments as they were made recently and not back in the nineties. Could the 1989-1994 Nissan Maxima become a desirable classic nostalgia car in the future? While it's hard for me to imagine that, I'd have to admit that I would love to find a low miles, perfect condition one and experience my youth again.